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Bennett named Teacher of the Year
Elizabeth Bennett

Richmond Hill High School English teacher Elizabeth Bennett not only was the 2012 Teacher of the Year at RHHS, she has also been selected as the countywide Teacher of the Year.
During the Bryan County Board of Education’s regular meeting Thursday at Bryan County High School, Superintendent Paul Brooksher announced that Bennett had been selected.
“Being named Teacher of the Year is always a tremendous honor because it shows that a teacher’s peers recognize their dedication and skill,” Brooksher said in a press release. “I congratulate each one of these outstanding educators who were nominated by their school peers this year and congratulate Mrs. Bennett as our system representative.”
Bennett, who is in her sixth year at RHHS, said in an email the award was very surprising.
 “I was very surprised that I was chosen to represent the district at Teacher of the Year,” she said. “I have been closely working with the teachers of the year from the other schools and there were many strong candidates. When Dr. Brooksher announced that I was district Teacher of the Year I was honored. It has been a surreal year for me.”
Bennett, who is also the head coach of the Lady Wildcats basketball team, said the awards from both the school and the district is rewarding.
“It is very rewarding to be named the district Teacher of the Year because the selection was made by a committee of people whom I respect very much,” Bennett said. “To have my peers select me at RHHS and now others as the district Teacher of the Year is a true honor.
“I love the teaching profession and I believe deeply in our school system. We have excellent teachers and it is the great compliment to be recognized as TOTY.”
Helen Herndon, principal at RHHS, said Monday she was thrilled and very proud Bennett had been selected.
“She is awesome. She truly represents the best of all of us, on both ends of the county and all of Bryan County, she truly does,” Herndon said. “She is passionate not only about her subject area, which is of course literature, but also about her students.”

Read more in the Nov. 21 edition of the News.

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